" Ugh, I getting so tired of the game slowing down after a few hours. I hope it don't end up like another world I made where it would just crash every time. Sigh, they tried to beat the holiday rush and we are paying for it. "Yeah, they really wanted to come out before Civilization 5 and that was a big mistake. I was following Elemental since beta 1 and it looked like it had a lot of potential. They jumped into Beta 2 and suddenly it felt more like a full game... then we ran through Beta 3 through 4 within weeks and then the game was released. You could tell from Beta 4 it needed way more time... perhaps delayed until next year.
There's a bunch of little problems like memory leaks and a bit of a clumsy interface at times. Compare Elemental to Ironclad's Sins of a Solar Empire that felt very polished from day one. It's disappointing to see this game in the state that it's in.